Adam Younis, a poker player from Iowa, became the champion of the Minnesota leg of the PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), which was held at Canterbury Park, and won the RF Moeller diamond bracelet and the first place prize of $95,328. The MSPT and Canterbury have partnered for five times in the tour’s history. Ever since the MSPT was launched in Canterbury late in 2009, player fields have become three times larger.
The event attracted a field of 373 poker players, creating the second biggest MSPT prize pool of $372,400. The final table results are as follows. As the champion, Adam Younis of Iowa won $95,328 and the runner-up scooped up the second place prize of $52,161. The players who finished third and fourth were Brian Zekus and Brad Feldman, who won $34,530 and $23,382, respectively. The players who finished fifth and sixth were Rich Edinger and Burke Veazey, who won $17,986 and $14,389, respectively. The players who finished seventh, eighth, and ninth were Patrick Serda, Arlie Brandvold, and Cory Cove, respectively, who won $12,590, $10,792, and $8,993, respectively.
Younis, who was the dominant player right from the beginning of the event, had 201,700 chips at the end of Day 1. When he reached the final table play, he was the chip leader, having poker chips worth 1.555 million. When he was playing heads-up against New Brighton’s Brian Soja, he held 6 million of the total 7.4 million chips being played. Since Younis was definitely dominating, the heads-up match looked as if it would end almost as quickly as it began, but it lasted for more than two hours.
Speaking about his poker victory, Younis said: “I called my shot on the ride here. I really felt good about this and felt like I was going to win. I haven’t been in a casino for a long time.”
The most unique feature of this final table play was that most of the finalists had reached the final table for the first time in their poker careers. Brian Zekus, who is employed with the US Coast Guard, had won MSPT cash prizes four times and had emerged as the MSPT finalist three times in the past. This MSPT final table also happened to be Brad Feldman’s second. It was also the third time that Rich Edinger won a cash prize at the MSPT.
The MSPT is now on its way to Minnesota’s Northern Lights Casino.